Four alarm hunger might drive some sandwich lovers to these restaurants. Firehouse Restaurant Group operates and franchises more than 500 Firehouse Subs sandwich shops in Florida and about 20 other mostly Southern states. The chain offers a variety of hot and cold sub-style sandwiches with names such as the Hook & Ladder and the Engine Company Sub. The menu also features soups, salads, and sides. About 30 of the eateries are company-owned, while the rest are franchised. Brothers and fire fighters Robin and Chris Sorensen started Firehouse Subs in 1994 after gaining popularity as firehouse cooks.
In 2011, Firehouse Restaurant Group announced it would expand in Texas. Plans call for 80 Firehouse Subs locations to be developed in the Dallas metro area, where the company already operates about 20 restaurants. The chain also has a large concentration of locations in Georgia, South Carolina, and Virginia.
Firehouse Restaurant Group expects to grow exponentially during the next 10 years, with hopes to expand to 2,000 Firehouse Subs units by 2020.